India finally accepts reality of Azad J&K at least in textbooks

New Delhi, Apr 23: At least in new Secondary Education textbooks for class three in Indian Army schools in Srinagar, Indian government accepted existence of ground-realty of Azad Jammu and Kashmir where books depicted the map of Jammu and Kashmir exactly how Pakistan claims it to be, Indian media reported on Sunday. Indian government officially used to call this part of the disputed territory between two nuclear armed countries as “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region” but new text books now have shown it as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’, a term used by Pakistan to describe the region, report said. Further, the books showed Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is a part of Kashmir, is called the Northern areas. Indian opposition Bharti Janta Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the Education Ministry must get to the bottom of the matter. “The Education Ministry must look into the matter immediately. They must find out if this was a mistake or done deliberately,” he said. “This is a serious matter because Jammu and Kashmir is a controversial topic. If wrong information about the country’s boundaries is being taught to young children, then it must be stopped at once because it is goes against the good of the country,” he added. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said action would be taken against those responsible. “We do not have information on the issue. If such a thing has been done, action will be taken,” he said. Reportedly, some Indian Army commanders have now asked some of the school principals to get back to them with the books so that they can take a look. In the meantime, the Army has decided to write to the Education Ministry regarding the issue. Indian army has been maintaining that its position vis-a-vis the issue is very clear since the Army is not a publishing authority. Also, the book was published by a leading publishing house based in Karol Bagh in Delhi, which means that, probably, the Education Ministry is going to sit up and take notice. Pak Tribune


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